The Moderator's diary
During their year in office, the Moderator visits four Church of Scotland Presbyteries; travels to partner churches overseas; represents the Church of Scotland on historic and national occasions; supports the work of Councils, Committees, congregations, and organisations; and meets with interfaith and ecumenical bodies.
Below are details of the engagements in the moderatorial diary this month.
- 3 February 2020
The Moderator and his wife will attend Heriot-Watt University’s 2020 Chaplaincy Public Lecture: “How Faith-Based Entrepreneurs are Helping to Combat Global Poverty”; then be Dinner guests of the University’s Principal.
- 5 February 2020
- The Moderator will host a Reception for the Nazareth Trust, to promote a new International Volunteer Chaplaincy project at their hospital campus in Nazareth.
- 6 February 2020
The Moderator and the Revd IanAlexander, Interim Head of the Faith Impact Forum, will meet with the Consul General of Italy, Mr Fabio Monaco, and share a little about the Church of Scotland’s work in Italy.
- 7 February 2020 - 9 February 2020
The Moderator and his wife will visit the University and Presbytery of Aberdeen. The three day programme will include time with the University Chaplain and the Master and students of Christ’s College, a Lunch hosted by Aberdeen City Council, as well as moderatorial preaching engagements at the Annual Presbytery Service and the University Founder’s Day service.
- 10 February 2020
The Moderator and his wife will visit CrossReach’s Palmerston Place Perinatal Service in Edinburgh, which provides counselling and therapy support before or after having a baby.
- 11 February 2020
The Moderator and the Principal Clerk will meet with the Primus, the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, the Moderator of the United Reformed Church and Imam Razawi. It is hoped that this will be the first of many regular discussion meetings between the Faith Leaders.
- 13 February 2020
The Moderator and his wife will visit a CrossReach Heart for Art Service in Carluke; a Creative Arts Group for people living with Dementia.
- 15 February 2020
- The Moderator will visit a Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees' Weekend Club event; an Art and Theatre Afternoon for all ages hosted by the Quakers in Edinburgh.
- 16 February 2020
The Moderator will preach and be interviewed about his faith journey at a special service in Killearn (Presbytery of Stirling), which the neighbouring congregations of Drymen, Strathblane and Balfron have been invited to. Afterthe service the Moderator and his wife will attend a lunch with members of the congregations.
- 17 February 2020 - 21 February 2020
The Moderator and his wife will visit the Army in Scotland. The five day programme will focus on learning about the Army’s work around the country, including a visit to Inverness; meeting the people involved and spending time in different establishments.
- 22 February 2020 - 23 February 2020
The Moderator and his wife will visit the University of St Andrew’s to commemorate itsFounder, Bishop Henry Wardlaw. The two day programme will include time with the Chaplaincy team and student members of the Interfaith Steering Group, as well as a moderatorial preaching engagement in St Salvator’s Chapel.
- 25 February 2020 - 26 February 2020
The Moderator will visit the Scottish Parliament. During his two day programme, Mr Sinclair will meet with the Presiding Officer as well as leaders of the Scottish political parties, and lead Time for Reflection.
- 27 February 2020 - 9 March 2020
The Moderator and his wife will visit Zambia with the Africa and Caribbean Secretary, Mrs Jennie Chinembiri. The visit has particular significance for Mr Sinclair as, before studying to be a minister, he spent three years working as a Training Officer for Scripture Union in Zambia, speaking at schools, churches, hospitals and colleges.